SEND | Elizabethan prisoners: Imprisonment, execution and escape

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About this session

SEND | Subject: History, Religious Education | Topic: Tudors, Religion | Session Type: Route-based

Is it treason to believe in the 'wrong' thing? The Tower held many religious prisoners during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Some of these prisoners were well treated, some were not, and some even managed to escape. Follow in their footsteps, and discover the various reasons they might have been imprisoned.

The session is delivered by a presenter skilled in supporting students with special educational needs. It is based entirely on route, in the public areas of the Tower of London, and includes the following:

  • Visiting rooms where prisoners were held
  • Interactive game charting religious change during the Tudor era
  • Opportunity to play historical detective
  • Stories about specific prisoners and their eventual fate 

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Learn about prison life at the Tower
  • Discover why prisoners had different experiences during their stay
  • Investigate why people were punished for their religion during Elizabeth's reign

Please note that the presenter will be in costume throughout. The session is suitable for students aged between 10 and 18 years.

Booking information

10:30, 12:00, 13:30

60 minutes

Up to 35 students

£95 plus admission

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